There was a time when people had one answer to online harassment: “Don’t read the comments.” This week, it’s become painfully clear how harassment women endure online is not something we can fix by just ignoring it. Instead, in this era, online harassment can become a life and death issue. 
Yesterday, feminist cultural critic Anita Sarkeesian was forced to cancel a talk she planned to give at Utah State University after an anonymous person threatened to massacre her and the crowd. The threat came in an anonymous email, “This will be the deadliest school shooting in American history and I’m giving you a chance to stop it.” In a line reminiscent of Elliot Rodgers’ manifesto, the person claimed that “feminists have ruined my life” and then signed the note as Marc Lepine—the gunman who claimed he was “fighting feminism” when he murdered 14 women in Montreal in 1989. As she made clear on Twitter, Sarkeesian did not cancel the talk because of the threat—she has received many violent threats over the past two years—but because the school and local police could not adequately guarantee her safety. Utah law allows people to carry concealed weapons in all places—apparently even into a lecture hall where someone has threatened a massacre.
It’s absurd that Sarkeesian is facing any type of danger for criticizing video games. It’s absurd that those threats have been so numerous. It’s absurd that a state’s gun laws make it unsafe for someone to deliver a lecture on a college campus. All of this backlash demonstrates the significance of pop culture: pointing out sexism in male-dominated fandoms stirs up an astoundingly virulent response. It also shows that the culture of trolling online is largely about power—trolls who devote their apparently ample personal time to threatening Sarkeesian’s every move are seeking power over her and other women. Sarkessian’s experience pulls together many ugly strings of rape culture—trolling, male violence, sexism in pop culture—and the resulting picture of our society is horrifying. 
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